LIHUE — More than 175,000 mail carriers across the nation will lead the Postal Service’s effort to “Stamp Out Hunger” by collecting food donations throughout Hawaii and in cities and towns across the country on Saturday in the 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’ Food Drive.
Last year, almost 12,000 pounds of food was collected on Kauai; the Kapaa post office led the way on the Garden Isle with 4,431 pounds of food collected. Statewide, Hawaii carriers collected more than 533,000 pounds of food. Nationwide, almost 70 million pounds of food were collected last year.
Residents can place non-perishable food items next to their mailbox for pickup on Saturday before their usual mail pickup time. The mail carriers will then transport the donations back to their post offices where postal employees and volunteers will sort the food and deliver it to their nearest community food banks.